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I was recently invited to present a guest post about my book, Phoenix Afterlife, at ScienceThrillers, a blog run by Amy Rogers. ScienceThrillers highlights and occasionally reviews thriller novels centered around hard science. If you like real science in your reading, this is a great place to find your next favorite book.

Here’s the direct link to my guest post:

While there, you can enter a giveaway for a free paperback copy of Phoenix Afterlife. The drawing ends on March 17, 2017. Good luck!

This giveaway has ended. Congratulations to the two winners.

New Reviews for Phoenix Afterlife

My novel, Phoenix Afterlife, was given a five-star review at By Rite of Word Reviews. Here’s the short synopsis:

Phoenix Afterlife is a fast-paced, thought-provoking sci-fi thriller with a chilling twist — guaranteed to keep you thinking, and looking over your shoulder, long after you close the book.

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Deleted Scenes From My Novel – 1

I originally planned my novel, Phoenix Afterlife, to open with a prologue instead of the scene with Matthius waking alone. The prologue would show the perspective of a character never seen again in the book: one of the unnamed alpha test subjects later mentioned by Matthius. The planned prologue went through several revisions before I dropped it from the book. Here’s one version that didn’t make the cut.

Where are the stars? I ought to be able to see them, now that it’s dark. He looked around and saw nothing at all. He couldn’t even tell if his eyes were open. They’d backpacked for three days in the Weminuche wilderness area, far away from the lights of civilization. At night, the Milky Way swept across the sky, a celestial riverbed like nothing he’d ever seen before. Brilliant white pinpoints of fire like flecks of burning magnesium flying off the tip of a sparkler. Swirling whirlpools of stardust clustered along rivers of shadow. Wait … that was two years ago. There were no stars now. No wind. No noise.

Not outside — underground. His parents worried that the cave would frighten him, but he loved the close embrace of the earth’s rocky core. He’d never felt so protected, until they turned off the lights and for the first time in his life, he experienced true darkness. It wasn’t just him; everyone was scared. He heard a lot of nervous laughter all around, and a few gasps. He thought he heard someone crying, and that’s when they turned the lights back on. But I’m not in the cave! I was just a kid then. Now he was alone in the dark.

He lay back and floated effortlessly. Perhaps he’d been floating all along; it was hard to tell in this darkness. He could feel nothing, not even the weight of his own body. His daughter didn’t want to go in the salty water, but his son couldn’t wait to try it. That’s why they call it the Great Salt Lake, he told them. The water was so heavy that you can lie on your back motionless, and you won’t sink. There weren’t even any waves. It was perfectly still. He could sleep here.

No! There’s no lake! Why can’t I remember? They said it was a strong sedative … a deep sleep. He couldn’t remember what else they told him, but he remembered driving up the canyon, talking to Dr. Kurz, lying on the bed. ‘Alpha testing,’ they called it, and it sounded like the easiest job in the world: sleep one night and go home … but he wasn’t asleep now, and he couldn’t be awake in this endless, empty darkness, insubstantial as a ghost. This had to be a dream.

Then he remembered what else they told him: You won’t even dream.

Congratulations, Winners!

Congratulations to the 10 winners of a paperback copy of my novel, Phoenix AfterlifeThe winners (7 from the US, 2 from UK, and 1 from Australia) were chosen at random by Goodreads. If you are a winner, you should have been notified already by Goodreads. I am now ordering your books, to be shipped directly from Lightning Source.

I am grateful to all 708 of you who entered the giveaway. I hope that you’ll give my book a try, even if you are not one of the lucky winners. It’s available from most online book retailers in both paperback and ebook formats. I look forward to reading the reviews and comments from my readers.

Thank you for supporting independent authors and participating in the Goodreads community!

Win a Free Copy of Phoenix Afterlife

This Giveaway Ended December 5, 2015

From November 5 through December 5, 2015, I will be giving away 10 paperback copies of my novel, Phoenix Afterlife, on Goodreads. Anyone can enter; no purchase is necessary. Prizes will be awarded on December 6 — just in time for Christmas!

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Phoenix Afterlife by James Leth

Phoenix Afterlife

by James Leth

Giveaway ends December 05, 2015.

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Phoenix Afterlife in Book Stores

My book, Phoenix Afterlife, is now for sale at a couple of book stores in Fort Collins, Colorado. Expect to see more soon. If you live in the area, I recommend patronizing your local book store. Otherwise, you can always buy my book through online retailers, such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble.